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- n. An alkaloid produced by the decomposition of solanine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alkaloid produced by the decomposition of solanine, as a white crystalline substance having a harsh bitter taste.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless, basic compound, C40H61NO2, prepared by the action of dilute hydrochloric acid on solanine. It crystallizes in long needles and melts at 88° C.
If organic advocates object to the fact that traces of synthetic pesticides can be detected weeks after consumption, solanidine, one of the potato nerve toxins, has been shown to have a half life in the liver of several months.
With present technology, the solanidine consumed in one potato could be detected years later, but this is almost the only natural pesticide whose biological stability has been examined.